✠ Dead Waffen SS soldiers lie frozen, winter of 1942, Eastern Front. 80-90% of all German military casualties were killed by the Soviets. They would kill more Germans in one battle than the rest would during the whole war. And Waffen SS formations suffered most casualties. A German general once said: 'Each German soldier is worth ten of his enemies. Unfortunately that's not enough. Victory demands of him to be worth one hundred".
Operations : 1st Plat, B Co, 401st Glider Infantry 101st Airborne Division, Bastogne, Belgium, Dec 25 1944 (Personal Experience of a Platoon Leader) Capt John T. O’Halloran European Center of Military History
Soldiers from Kampfgruppe Hansen (Leibstandarte Division) take a cigarette brake. Such a state was the norm during combat operations. This photograph was taken after the action with American 14th Cavalry Group on the road between Poteau and Recht during the Ardennes Offensive, 18 December 1944.